Byard, Paul Spencer

Byard, Paul Spencer

(1940–2008)
A land-use lawyer turned architect, credited with the preservation and restoration of some of New York’s most prominent landmarks, such as Carnegie Hall, the Cooper Union Foundation Building, the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Courthouse, and the old Customs House. Byard’s designs for new buildings included the New 42nd Street Studios and the Chanel 57 building in Manhattan. He was director of Columbia University’s historic preservation program from 1998 to 2008. Byard wrote several books, including The Architecture of Additions: Design and Regulation (1998) and Architecture and Social Policy: Learning from the Twentieth Century (2001).